Poster Contest. . .By Jeff Zeller
During the month of October, the elementary students at Elk Point-Jefferson have been learning about bullying, bullying behaviors and what we can do together to make a difference. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Lessons have been taught during their classroom guidance times. Topics covered include the definition of bullying, what a bystander should do, how it feels to be bullied, and a positive way to deal with these situations when they happen (Stop-Walk-Talk). As a wrap up to these lessons, all students in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade made posters that are now on display in the elementary. A winning poster was judged in each classroom. Posters were judged on their creative message, the use of color and overall presentation.
The winners are:
- Mrs. Schmitz – Jack
- Mrs. Shanks – Addi
- Mrs. Hinds – Sarah
- Mrs. Homan – Patrica
- Mrs. Thompson – Trenna
- Mrs. King – Exandria
- Mrs. Wolforth – Laney and Hailey
- Mrs. Zeller – Gracey
- Ms. Gilbert – Jersey
- Mrs. VanWyk – Cera and Chloe
- Ms. Rieger – Molly and Lauren
Stop-Walk-Talk is a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program that teaches a great way for kids to stand up to bullying behavior in a non-threatening and quick way. More information can be found at http://www.pbis.org. Hold your mouse over the school tab and then move down and click on bully prevention. We also looked at information from the website, www.stopbullying.gov.
In addition to the posters in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, the lessons covered a wide range of topics that included books, skits, reports and action plans. Every student in the elementary made this promise, “we will do our part to make Elk Point-Jefferson a safe and fun place for everyone!” We also talked about empathy. We stressed how empathy can be the best way to make sure bullying does not happen. Empathy is when you are able to understand and care about how someone else is feeling.